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POLICE INVESTIGATING HOMICIDE ON TEMPLE AVENUE

At approximately 08:40 am on October 28, 2017 the Emporia Police Department received a call for service in the 600 block of Temple Avenue.  Upon arrival Officers observed an open window and made entry into the residence to locate an unresponsive victim with apparent trauma to his head.  The victim was identified as James W. Webb of 606 Temple Avenue Emporia, Virginia.  The Greensville County Rescue Squad responded to the scene and Mr. Webb was pronounced dead at the scene as a result of the injuries he received from the unknown assailant(s).  In the course of the police investigation it was determined that the suspects took Mr. Webb’s 2015 Ford vehicle that was parked in the driveway at 606 Temple Avenue.  As a result of the missing vehicle the Emporia Police Department put out a nationwide broadcast for Mr. Webb’s vehicle being stolen.

The crime scene was processed by Lieutenant Jerry Wright, Sergeant Troy Hawkins of the Emporia Police Department and Special Agent Stuart Williams of the Virginia State Police.  Detectives identified, collected and packaged evidence from the crime scene and have been working on information and leads throughout Saturday. 

At approximately 8:30 pm Mr. Webb’s vehicle was located in Washington DC, with two male occupants.  The male occupants are in custody and detectives will be traveling to Washington, DC on October 29, 2017 to interview the two suspects in custody.  Police had received information throughout the day that the vehicle was in the Washington DC area and Metropolitan Police Officers eventually located it.

The Emporia Police Department offers its deepest condolences to the family and friends of James Webb.  This tragic and senseless violence has no place in our society

If anyone has any information that can lead to the apprehension of the suspects involved in this crime are asked to call the Emporia Police Department at 434-634-2121 or the Crime Line at 434-634-1111.  

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